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Gibson Melody Maker Dual Pickup Electric Guitar  

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    An American icon built in the USA for the best price ever!

    The Melody Maker Electric Guitar features a mahogany body with a '59 rounded neck and rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. It comes in a cool satin finish for an aged look.


    Appointments include two special design single-coil pickups for vintage tone, wraparound bridge and chrome hardware.


    The original Melody Maker guitar was introduced by Gibson in 1959 and was based on the same philosophy: American-made quality at a price for the beginning player.

    Features

    • Body species: Mahogany
    • Jack location: Top
    • Species: Spanish Cedar or equivalent
    • Profile: '59 rounded
    • Fingerboard species: Rosewood
    • Scale length: 24-3/4"
    • Total length: 18.062"
    • Number of frets: 22
    • Hardware plating finish: Chrome
    • Tailpiece: Wraparound
    • Knobs: Black tophat
    • Tuners: White button
    • Pickups: Two special design single-coil

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    4.0

    (based on 61 reviews)

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    Best USA made in its Class...

    ... and not that there is no other USA made guitar in this price range, but it is incredible for this prices. First off, I got Ebony. This one is completely black...Read complete review

    ... and not that there is no other USA made guitar in this price range, but it is incredible for this prices. First off, I got Ebony. This one is completely black everywhere, solid finish. And with the black single coils and black pick guard with the black knobs, it looks hot with pearl white dot inlays on dark rosewood and white buttons. Very cool look. The finish is not faded on black, it's satin really, and nice contrast to the glossy parts. The neck was perfect, smooth frets, finished and set, so totally Gibson. Solid mahogany is much warmer with the single coils then say alder, maple or ash, so it's not as bright sounding. Beautiful sound for singer/songwriter or rhythm guitar. It is very light and a pleasure to hold. Small profile so great for smaller hands but the round neck is just substantial enough to get that great sustain! I'm 6 foot tall and this feels great to me too. I think this was the smartest thing Gibson did in 2007, if they follow up and put out some jazzier versions to make everybody else happy, they'll probably sell the heck out of them. Indie, classic rock, blues and alternative music, totally fit this guitar, and country could use it as a compliment to the tele. Don't get me wrong, I love my tele for its sparkle, but the darkness of this sound fits a lot of todays sound. I only knocked it on features as its straight forward and simple. I liked it so much that after tuning it and playing it through a Fender blues de-ville, I got back online and bought another. I figure someones going to figure out this is a steal and these won't be around anymore. Also, I've seen Fender come up with great ideas with simple vintage through-backs and then just stop making them driving their price up. Also, this is American so its value as a guitar will only go up. If Gibson pulls this off the market it would be a real mistake.

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    Maybe I got a Bad One

    I bought the Melody Maker as a backup guitar, and a light practice guitar. Honestly, my Epiphone Les Paul came out of the box set up better than this Gibson Melody Maker. The...Read complete review

    I bought the Melody Maker as a backup guitar, and a light practice guitar. Honestly, my Epiphone Les Paul came out of the box set up better than this Gibson Melody Maker. The action was way too high, making the guitar very hard to play, but that's an easy fix. There were also lots of sharp fret ends. I don't know why, but I expect a little more from Gibson on that. My Epiphone came out of the box perfect. I know this is a budget Gibson, but sharp fret ends and high action are basic set up stuff that should have been caught and corrected at the factory. Now to the worst part. There was also a weird electronic clicking sound whenever this guitar would rub across my waist when playing it with a strap. It only happened on the back of the body, directly behind where the Volume/Tone pots are. I could repeat the sound by rubbing my hand across the back of the body. That was just annoying. It sounded like a noisy strat pickup selector switch. It was just this loud electronic crackle due to rubbing just one spot on the back of the body. Overall, I think Gibson dropped the ball on my guitar. The Melody Maker has a great vibe, and a killer sound. But QC at Gibson doomed this one to be returned and replaced with an Epiphone G-400. The finish gives the Melody Maker a great 50's feel to the guitar, and again, it sounds absolutely wonderful. But, the electronic crackle every time I moved when I played standing was too much. I can excuse high action, and even some sharp frets. If it weren't for the crackling sound, and sharp frets, this guitar would easily have been a 5. Giving mine a 2.5 is being generous.

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    5.0

    Just Amazing

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I was about to buy an Epiphone Les Paul when I say this. I wanted to check out Gibson's outrageous prices just for fun when I saw this. The Gibson Melody Maker with Dual Pickups is no doubt the best guitar I've ever played and not just for the price. Best guitar period. It's amazing. I can play any style with it. I can play at home, or in a concert. It doesn't matter. This guitar just delivers.

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    5.0

    dual pickup melody maker

    By bryan-dabPe

    from virginia

    Never mind a lot of talk about it's not just for beginners etc. The dual pickup melody maker needs a better bridge. The wrap around a stop tailpiece is beneath gibson, and The frets are sharp and need to be smoothed out. Those two issues aside this guitar is a little wailer. It'll scream rock like heck or be a warmer softer guitar for you. What ever you want it to do it can. If you got a chance to grab one on sale do it: its a fine guitar with exceptional pickups. I was really surprized at how much I liked it. A worthwhile buy; don't hesitate to buy one you'll like it.

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    4.0

    Procrastination

    Well, I've owned mine for a YEAR so have had lots of time to think about this and A/B. I own six guitars now and have owned over 30 in the past 10 years. The RI melody maker is overall a great guitar. Main reason is the cost/benefit ratio giving it good value. Dont rate value without considering both of these factors. The finish IS very thin (thats what saves so much cost here) and the neck/frets are sharp. I fixed the latter by sanding the neck down to my liking and the former by stripping the tobacco burst and doing a natural walnut finish. It is now my FAVORITE guitar for overall feel, look, weight, size etc. The sound is amazing, very un-noisy single coils with high output. I am tempted to buy one more now. All in all-a great guitar but definitely not ready out of the box. Anyone with basic setup abilities can get it right though.

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    5.0

    Best budget guitar out there!

    By Freddy-jXzod

    from Michigan

    Here's the good; this guitar's neck is as nice as most standard gibson les pauls and sg's! It plays fantastic, intonation was spot on even with the fixed bridge. The volume pot is quality, very smooth and the pickups were very quiet for single coils. These pickups are HOT! Initially I had a hard time getting a clean tone out of them without backing them way down! You can easily get a gritty ACDC tone out of this guitar the pickups are fantastic dirty! Here's the bad: The finish is absolutely terrible, even worse than I expected, you can see and feel the wood grain don't expect to impress anyone who doesn't know much about guitars. Mine was barely strung I played for an hour before it would stay in tune. Once in tune the action had risen a lot. I don't think they set the neck truss rod at all before shipping. I had to adjust the neck, the action came back down, and it now stays in tune perfect. This guitar, once setup, will outplay any guitar in it's price range and some well above it! I'd put the neck in the same league as my old American SG, it blows my epi les paul away, it's that good! Bottom line, this guitar looks like a walmart special, but plays like the AMERICAN Gibson that it is! Don't buy some imported "cool" looking guitar and over look this ugly duckling, you'll be sorry in the end!

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    5.0

    I really like this guitar...

    By Joshua-UdtEP

    from Fort Worth

    I am pretty sure these are hit and miss in the quality area based on all the reviews I've read but I am really pleased with mine. I applaud Gibson for making a product like this available for people like me who have an ear for quality but also have a small budget. I love the tone of mine through various fender tube amps and am confident that this guitar could well become my #1.

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    5.0

    Best USA made in its Class...

    By JosephFelice

    from Hollister, California

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    ... and not that there is no other USA made guitar in this price range, but it is incredible for this prices. First off, I got Ebony. This one is completely black everywhere, solid finish. And with the black single coils and black pick guard with the black knobs, it looks hot with pearl white dot inlays on dark rosewood and white buttons. Very cool look. The finish is not faded on black, it's satin really, and nice contrast to the glossy parts. The neck was perfect, smooth frets, finished and set, so totally Gibson. Solid mahogany is much warmer with the single coils then say alder, maple or ash, so it's not as bright sounding. Beautiful sound for singer/songwriter or rhythm guitar. It is very light and a pleasure to hold. Small profile so great for smaller hands but the round neck is just substantial enough to get that great sustain! I'm 6 foot tall and this feels great to me too. I think this was the smartest thing Gibson did in 2007, if they follow up and put out some jazzier versions to make everybody else happy, they'll probably sell the heck out of them. Indie, classic rock, blues and alternative music, totally fit this guitar, and country could use it as a compliment to the tele. Don't get me wrong, I love my tele for its sparkle, but the darkness of this sound fits a lot of todays sound. I only knocked it on features as its straight forward and simple. I liked it so much that after tuning it and playing it through a Fender blues de-ville, I got back online and bought another. I figure someones going to figure out this is a steal and these won't be around anymore. Also, I've seen Fender come up with great ideas with simple vintage through-backs and then just stop making them driving their price up. Also, this is American so its value as a guitar will only go up. If Gibson pulls this off the market it would be a real mistake.

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    3.0

    Maybe I got a Bad One

    I bought the Melody Maker as a backup guitar, and a light practice guitar. Honestly, my Epiphone Les Paul came out of the box set up better than this Gibson Melody Maker. The action was way too high, making the guitar very hard to play, but that's an easy fix. There were also lots of sharp fret ends. I don't know why, but I expect a little more from Gibson on that. My Epiphone came out of the box perfect. I know this is a budget Gibson, but sharp fret ends and high action are basic set up stuff that should have been caught and corrected at the factory. Now to the worst part. There was also a weird electronic clicking sound whenever this guitar would rub across my waist when playing it with a strap. It only happened on the back of the body, directly behind where the Volume/Tone pots are. I could repeat the sound by rubbing my hand across the back of the body. That was just annoying. It sounded like a noisy strat pickup selector switch. It was just this loud electronic crackle due to rubbing just one spot on the back of the body. Overall, I think Gibson dropped the ball on my guitar. The Melody Maker has a great vibe, and a killer sound. But QC at Gibson doomed this one to be returned and replaced with an Epiphone G-400. The finish gives the Melody Maker a great 50's feel to the guitar, and again, it sounds absolutely wonderful. But, the electronic crackle every time I moved when I played standing was too much. I can excuse high action, and even some sharp frets. If it weren't for the crackling sound, and sharp frets, this guitar would easily have been a 5. Giving mine a 2.5 is being generous.

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    5.0

    a USA made guitar

    Ordered the guitar based on price and brand. When I opened the box I was a bit disappointed. Looks kind of cheap. Picked it up and couldn't get over how light it was. I am a Fender player mostly and am used to the two single coil set up of my tele. I wanted this for the 22 frets. So I plugged it in. It is more noisy than my tele or strat. Then I played it. The sound was completely different from the fender single coil sound and I really like it. The frets were dressed nicely and the intonation was spot on. For the same money you can get a better looking guitar. But if you care more about sound than looks, this guitar is a steal.

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    5.0

    Great Guitar, Better Price

    By thisguy-0Aalo

    from Louisville, Ky

    Very light in weight, the tone works well for the quiet style I play. The tuner knobs are a little cheap but this is my only complaint.

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    4.0

    Close, but no banana

    By Ed G.

    from NC beach

    Tried reissue & its' nice enough for the $ by todays standards. I also own an orig. 1960 dual pickup (no they didn't come out in '59, only the single pickup). The '60 has a better, more precision feel to the neck (not thinner), could acheive very low action, is heavier, did not have 6 poles on pickup, had vol. & tone for each pickup, w/ toggle close to these 4 knobs (not forward), knobs were gold, and finish was a nice shinny lacquer. So, it's not really a reissue, rather a similar guitar based on a distant cousin (make that 2nd cousin). Based on the best price at the time and adjusting for inflation, today you should pay much more as a best price. So, for this, be happy & live w/o that lacquer finish (although the limited vol./tone controls would bother me) & realize this is one nice piece for the money, & does have vintage vibe, smooth sustain, & great warm/bluesy tone on the neck pickup (similar to a P90).

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